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Peach Bowl "Black Chrome" -OR- What Do YOU Do, When Left Unsupervised?

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 02-07-2016 02:50 AM 1457 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I play with fire.

You play with fire!?

Yeah.

Whatever for?

Cuz I don’t like staining Things.

So, this is the second of a set of two. The first was cracked almost as badly as this one. You probably know that cracks in wood are a fair constant in The Dungeon. Most of the time, I go ass-over-teakettle, trying to come up with some eye-catching way to deal with them. Such as, building a design of dowel plugs, or bridging, or filling. Not unusual, for a woodsmith. Sometimes (and this is the case, here), I just decide to let a crack be a crack.
Bowl #1 of the pair, in case you wondered, hasn’t made it to the hallowed halls of my Gallery yet. Here’s why: I plugged the crack very nicely, if I may say so. I finished the outside, then, hollowed the inside. It was a very nice bowl, indeed. While hollowing, the crack across the bottom became ever more severe. So I took it off the lathe, still in the chuck, and filled the crack with Envirotex Casting Resin, which, by next day, had thoroughly cemented the bowl to the chuck. (You’ve heard this before, I think. This is what that bowl looks like.

This is what it looked like, after I pried it off the chuck.

The last photo in the montage is the second bowl. The one that is the subject of the Post. It scratched its head, and I heard a VIMH.

Let the cracks be cracks.

I did.

Now, what was that about “playing with fire?”

I scorched it with a torch, did a little sump’n sump’n to make it a little silvery, applied BLO, shellacked it, and WOPd it. Then, I photographed it. The “Project Thumbnnail” is my ten-thousand-oneth photo with this camera. I shot the first three photos with two lights on. The fourth through sixth are with one light. It’s pretty much what it looks like, either way.

About the scratchy texture: It was deliberate. You know those “Sand Masters?” Those things that have a pivoting head for sanding turnings, where the head is spun by the friction of the turning piece? Yeah. I don’t have one of those. I do, however, have a random orbit sander, that does almost the same thing. But only on the outside. The scratchy texture is the result of the spinning sandpaper. I let it spin one way on the upper half of the bowl and the other way on the lower half. I liked the way it looked. To me, it sorta created a “brushed metal” kind of an effect. Normally, I’ll jump through every hoop I can imagine to get every little scratch and imperfection out of a piece. In this instance, it seemed to contribute to the appearance I was after – Black Chrome.

And now, I have a very shiny thumbnail.

Rubber gloves? I don’t need no stinkin’ rubber gloves.

-- Mark





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Grumpy

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 04:11 AM

You did well buddy. You don’t need supervision.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 04:24 AM

You are realy special. Incredible stuff!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 04:35 AM

I like the scorched look!

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John

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 04:38 AM

That is really dark Mark, fits the name you gave it.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 02-07-2016 04:50 AM

Thank you.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 02-07-2016 05:07 AM

Mark, all that scratching on the bowl made me a little itchy, but burning with a torch makes my day. Nicely done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 02-07-2016 06:04 AM

Oooo Ahhhhh very nicely done, Mark. Way better than my scorched pine. If you have shared what WOP is, I am sorry I missed it. Please enlighten me? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 02-07-2016 07:02 AM

Wipe-On-Poly

-- Mark

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 02-07-2016 07:43 AM

Nice one Mark, the burning has made it something special.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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CFrye

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#10 posted 02-07-2016 08:20 AM

I am enlightened. Thank you. :-)

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 02-07-2016 03:11 PM

Nice!
Did you do anything special to make sure the bark adhered to the wood? I have trouble this the bark breaking off during turning.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 02-07-2016 04:09 PM

Mark, you sure know how to use ‘F’ wood, fragile that is. Your work and creativity is boundless! Look forward for more.

Roman,
The Bootman.

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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#13 posted 02-07-2016 06:13 PM

I like your attitude, don’t waste anything, creative thinking to turn what other may pass by into something great. All my wood gets used, what I don’t use I turn into heat energy. Shavings etc goes to a kennel for bedding for puppies, or mulch.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 02-07-2016 06:38 PM

Beautiful bowl – dare I say it is as pretty as a (grilled) peach. Never had a grilled peach? Try it, you’ll like it.

Oh and that Voice In Your Head – is just the spirit of the wood speaking to you – keep listening, it won’t lead you wrong.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#15 posted 02-07-2016 06:46 PM

quote:
”Normally, I’ll jump through every hoop I can imagine to get every little scratch and imperfection out of a piece. In this instance, it seemed to contribute to the appearance I was after – Black Chrome.”
unquote

Pssst! Mark … chrome aint s’posed to have no scratches !
.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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